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EN 202-02: Literature II: Websites & Media

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Suggested Web Reference

These websites are useful for current and background information on Nigeria and related topics.

Using Websites in Research

Cultivate an attitude of skepticism when it comes to web-based content.  If you have any doubt whatsoever about the reliability of any given website, clear it with your instructor or check with a librarian before you use it in your paper.

Wikipedia and Academic Research

Here is what Wikipedia itself has to say about using Wikipedia for academic research:

".... citation of Wikipedia in research papers may be considered unacceptable, because Wikipedia is not considered a credible or authoritative source.  This is especially true considering anyone can edit the information given at any time.

Follow two simple rules:

1)  Do your research properly.  Remember that any encyclopedia is a starting point for research, not an ending point.

2)  Use your judgment. Remember that all sources have to be evaluated."

For more on what Wikipedia says about Wikipedia and academic research, see:

Wikipedia: Researching with Wikipedia

You may also want to use the new Cite Unseen widget, which scrolls through citations in Wikipedia articles and inserts icons denoting the type/reliability of each source listed.

Finding & Using Videos in Research

Proprietary Video Platforms (Vimeo or YouTube)

  • Tricky to search accurately due to limited metadata.
  • Algorithms yield inconsistent search results.
  • Searching by channel may be useful.
  • Use caution & attempt to verify source before including in research.
  • Copyright issues may be attached.

There are several well-known proprietary web platforms exclusively hosting video, including Vimeo and YouTube. Since these platforms host a wide variety of content with limited restrictions, you should be careful to select video from a reputable source

Open Source & Museum/Archives/Government Video

There are also open source and institutional video collections available online. These resources are typically free to use but may have either Creative Commons license restrictions attached, or may be under copyright but available for educational useBe careful to use appropriately and to verify sources. Here are some suggestions to get you started:

MU Databases

Monmouth University Library resources include streaming video databases. To locate these, view Databases A-Z list and search "Video."

In addition, many Monmouth University text-based databases include video. To locate video in these: 

  • ProQuest databases: change Document Type to "Audio/Video."
  • Ebsco databases: do not include video, but some databases may display related video from the Associated Press archives in search results.

Post-Colonial Studies

Use these sites for information on post-colonialism and related terminology.

General Reference Links

Google

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